Last week, TRVST was proud to support an incredible evening of passion, potential and incredible art. The A- Head London 2018 art exhibition was a celebration of the potential of art to change lives positively and reflected a renewed call for better understanding of mental ill – health and better support.
To become pioneers in mental health awareness and treatment isn’t easy, but psychiatrists Calapai and Lo Giudice have done just that. A-Head London 2018 is the brainchild of Italian mental health charity Angelo Azzurro and international artists and DJs. This truly innovative approach to mental health recovery have been championed by the charity, Angelo Azzurro, since 2009. The charity works with patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, personality disorder and substance abuse. Art therapy is combined with a more ‘traditional’ network of support professionals.
Central to the A-Head exhibition is the contributions of artists who have experienced mental health difficulties themselves. This brings a personal approach to the exhibition through a sense of shared narrative and open collaboration. A sense of identity, searching and self-realisation is evident in the work and many artwork represent rites of passage, stages of healing and self- affirming identity that many believed lost forever.
Through art, each patient-artist’s sense of individuality is heightened and the creative process becomes a tool to channel emotions and experiences that would not otherwise have emerged and been worked through in traditional therapeutic settings. Through the exhibition, the viewer is invited to experience elements of this journey for themselves. Thus, the artwork exudes a rawness and authenticity which makes it so exciting and captivating.
“Through the exhibition, the viewer is invited to experience elements of this journey for themselves. Thus, the artwork exudes a rawness and authenticity which makes it so exciting and captivating.”
Ultimately, this is what good art should be like. A vehicle for self- expression that allows someone else a tiny glimpse into another world. Whether to engage, involve, challenge or agitate, good art demands an engagement and draws attention to often otherwise silenced issues, experiences or perspectives. The A-HEAD event promises to fantastic experience that will linger long in the memory.